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Maryland's Michael Steele, once the national Republican Party leader, searches for his place in Trump's GOP

Maryland's Michael Steele, once the national Republican Party leader, searches for his place in Trump's GOP

It was a conversation about trade that brought Michael S. Steele around to an argument he’s been sounding a lot lately. But it just as easily could have been the budget, or Russia, or what he once described as President Donald Trump’s addiction to “Twitter crack.”

Trump’s decision to impose stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum represented a break with the free-trade orthodoxy espoused by party leaders for decades, the former Republican National Committee chairman-turned-pundit noted during a television appearance.

“And what is frustrating...

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